Decolonizing Democracy: Intersections of Philosophy and by Ferit Güven

By Ferit Güven

Decolonizing Democracy: Intersections of Philosophy and Postcolonial Theory analyzes the idea that and the discourse of democracy. Ferit Güven demonstrates how democracy is deployed as a neo-colonial device to self-discipline and additional subjugate previously colonized peoples and areas. The e-book explains why expanding democratization of the political house within the final 3 many years produced an expanding dissatisfaction and alienation from the method of governance, instead of a contentment as one may need anticipated from "the rule of the people.” Decolonizing Democracy aims to supply a conceptual reaction to the difficulty of democracy in modern international. With either a different scope and argument, this ebook will entice either philosophy and political technological know-how students, in addition to these all for postcolonial experiences, cultural stories, and peace studies.

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Yet how does this place remain empty? Is this emptiness guaranteed through liberalism, or pluralism? Therefore, it is a fundamentally misguided attempt to write a critique of democracy, as it is an impossible concept, which ironically strengthens its case for legitimacy, by becoming a moving target. Perhaps the attempt to write about the concept of democracy itself is misguided. It seems that various conceptual problems associated with the idea of democracy apply to Western liberal democracy. Yet this focus does not weaken my contention concerning the paradoxes of democracy itself.

Why could equality attributed to Athenians by Socrates not be generalized to other states? The answer to this question is crucial, because it complicates and renders impossible the universalistic aspirations of democracy. Socrates provides the answer. The equality requires homogeneity. It is only because Athenians is conceived of (or rather fictionally projected) as homogeneous by Socrates; it is possible to conceive them as equals. This is Socrates’s explanation of why democracy can only function in Athens, because the main problem of democracy is that it treats not only equals equally, but also nonequals equally.

If democracy always protects itself undemocratically, why is it that democratic regimes do not always (empirically) protect themselves by suppressing, their opposition? Here one should make a distinction between the discourse of democracy and the actual decisions made within democracy. First, even when democratic discourse never explicitly defends the repression of opposition (in fact it sometimes does, but this is mostly a sign of weakness), democratic societies always exclude what they consider to be outside the rules of democracy.

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